The road trip required just 70.93 liters of diesel over 2,536.4 kilometers traveled. Converted, it corresponds to 18.74 U.S. gallons over 1576 miles, or 84.098 mpg.
This is the consumption value with which Norwegians Knut Wilthil (52) and Hanrik Borchegrevink (42) set for a new fuel saving record. Never before has a series-production diesel vehicle covered so long a route on European roads without needing to refuel.
The two men started their journey in Helsingfors, Finland (near Helsinki), heading for Oslo in a Ford Mondeo ECOnetic. The tires? Four ContiEcoContact 5 summer tires from Continental.
But Wilthil and Borchegrevink didn’t take the direct route: From Helsinki, they headed north on the E 75. They traveled the east coast of Sweden along the Gulf of Bothia, continuing south to Stockholm via Haparada. They then set their sights on Uddevalla, on the west coast of Sweden, and crossed the border into Norway. The Ford finally came to a stop just after Oslo – the tank was empty.
On the 46-hour journey, the vehicle required just 2.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. According to the manufacturer, the Ford Mondeo ECOnetic with a start-stop system, 1.6-liter TDCi diesel engine and 115 horsepower normally uses 4.3 liters per 100 kilometers, or 54.7 mpg. This means that the tank would have run dry after 1,649.5 kilometers (1,025 miles).
But Wilthil and Borchegrevink managed an impressive 886.9 kilometers (551 miles) more on their tour through Northern Europe.
This outstanding achievement was all down to an economical driving style as well as the ContiEcoContact 5 tires, size 205/60 R 16, which offer more than 20 percent lower rolling resistance than its predecessor. Frank Larsen, technical director of Continental tires in Norway, had the following to say: “this top performance is the best evidence of how far we have come in the last few years in the development of energy efficient tires.”
As Wilthil and Borchegrevink approached the destination of their nearly two-day tour, the experts in saving fuel shared one of their driving tactics: “While driving, you should always make sure that there is enough space between you and the car in front. If you’re in a hurry and continually accelerate and brake, you don’t really gain time, but instead drive up gas consumption.”